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COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN TO HOLD SIXTY-SIXTH SESSION IN GENEVA FROM 13 FEBRUARY TO 3 MARCH COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS TO HOLD SIXTIETH SESSION FROM 20 TO 24 FEBRUARY 2017
COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN TO HOLD SIXTY-SIXTH SESSION IN GENEVA FROM 13 FEBRUARY TO 3 MARCH COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS TO HOLD SIXTIETH SESSION FROM 20 TO 24 FEBRUARY 2017

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Today's Press Conferences

Press Conference by the Human Rights Council
22 February 2017 10:00 - 10:45
Background Briefing on the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council
  • Mr. Rolando Gómez, Public Information Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council Branch
  • IOM Press Conference
    22 February 2017 14:00 - 14:45
    Aware Migrants is an information campaign based on true stories told by migrants who have made the Mediterranean crossing. The aim of the campaign is not to discourage but to help potential migrants make informed decisions by disseminating some of the actual risks about the journey across the desert and the Mediterranean with a strong focus on the risks faced in Libya. The information campaign is unbranded and uses social media networks as relevant tools to counter smuggling and to ensure outreach in countries of transit and origin.
    Please find also below the links to the website and the social media pages:
  • http://www.awaremigrants.org
  • https://www.facebook.com/awaremigrants/
  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoQwOjMj2l9Kc7p0VUjsJkw

  • Flavio Di Giacomo – Spokesperson, IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean
  • Press Conference by the Special Envoy for Syria
    22 February 2017 16:00 - 16:45
    Intra-Syrian negotiations.
  • Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria
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    WHO Press Conference
    23 February 2017 10:30 - 11:15
    Latest Data on prevalence of depression and the world health organization's "Depression: Let's talk" Campaign
    In the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, which this year will focus on depression, WHO is releasing new global health estimates on depression.
    Depression is an illness that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It is the largest single contributor to global disability.
    The number of people living with depression is increasing, with an increase of 18% between 2005 and 2015. Low levels of recognition and access to care for depression and anxiety lead to an estimated global economic loss of a trillion US dollars every year. Stigma associated with depression remains high.
    During the briefing, Dr Dan Chisholm, one of the authors of the document, will provide details of the prevalence of depression, at global and regional levels and by sex and age. He will also provide details about the World Health Day campaign “Depression: let’s talk”, that was launched on World Mental Health Day 2016 and will last for one year.
  • Dr Dan Chisholm, Health Systems Adviser, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
  • Press Conference by the Human Rights Council / Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
    1 March 2017 14:00 - 14:45
    Launch of report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on its special inquiry into events in Aleppo based on its investigations of alleged human rights violations committed by all warring parties between 21 July 2016 and 22 December 2016. (References: HRC res. 31/17 and HRC res. S-25/1)
    (The Commission is scheduled to present this report, along with a periodic update on the overall human rights situation in Syria, to the Human Rights Council on 14 March.)
  • Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson, Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
  • Ms. Carla del Ponte, Member of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic